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UTSC to feature LEED Gold buildings at Doors Open Toronto

UTSC's Environmental Science and Chemistry Building (ESCB) will be one of two buildings on campus available for tours as part of Doors Open Toronto, taking place Saturday, May 28th. (Photo by Ken Jones)

Visitors are invited to explore U of T Scarborough’s two LEED Gold certified buildings as part of the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto on Saturday, May 28th, an event that offers free access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. 

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) offers guided tours introducing visitors to the facility that is a legacy of the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games. The Globe and Mail includes TPASC on its list of five new destinations to check out.   

TPASC transformed the campus and the athletics and recreation programs with two Olympic-size pools considered among the world’s fastest, a diving tank, climbing wall, four gymnasia, and two-floor fitness centre. More than 35 per cent of all medals won by Team Canada during the Games were won at TPASC, which is now a hub of activity for students, community members and elite athletes. U of T’s first new building to achieve LEED Gold. TPASC represents the shared value of a healthy, active lifestyle.  Tours will showcase the environmental and accessibility features that make this building a model that is recognized internationally.

The new Environmental Science & Chemistry Building is U of T Scarborough’s second Doors Open site. Tours guided by Environmental & Physical Sciences Students’ Association volunteers will showcase the technological advances of the campus’ newest building that takes the mystery out of science with its street view of labs and the scientists working inside who are dedicated to gaining a better understanding of the Earth’s history and its future, its changing climate, and the challenges of sustainability.  Visitors will enjoy the adjacent Earth Tube Plaza and Toronto’s first green fire lane, and will be introduced to activities of U of T Scarborough researchers who are helping to solve the enormous environmental and resource challenges facing the world.

UTSC will also host a talk by local author and historian Barbara Dickson. Dickson will discuss her latest book, Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo, which tells the story of the thousands of women who filled over 256 million fuses for the Allied forces in World War II at General Engineering Company’s top secret munitions factory in Scarborough. 

The theme for this year’s Doors Open Toronto is Re-used, Re-visited and Revised. More than 130 buildings in the city are participating.

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